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Simon Cole
Founder and freelance guide, Hackney Tours
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About me


Done the obvious, now looking to take travel into new frontiers...

Founder of Hackney Tours and also a Tours By Locals guide for London (2012); educational tour guide of 13 years experience; led groups on four continents; guided running and even under water; one-time travel and fitness writer. Trainer during startup phase of Walking London 22 youth-run tours initiative. Et francophone, mes amis!

Passionate about engagement, discovery, appreciation and connection. Curious about how we reconcile climate change with a love of travel. Can we find the joy of travel on our own doorstep? How can travel help us to be better people in a fairer community?

Created London's first women's history running tour and now the first Alternative Statue Tour.

Where can we go together, to do good with travel & tourism?

Why did you join the community?

Get inspiration, meet interesting people and make useful connections!

What is your favorite travel destination?

Now? Where I live. I change my head, not my geography!

Where do you dream of traveling to?

Back to the sea.

What was your first travel job?

Dive Master on the Great Barrier Reef

What do you want to learn more about?

Everything! Specifically how travel might make a better world.

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Learning Appreciating Connecting